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A cavity is obviously the last thing you want in your mouth. They’re a huge detriment to your oral health, they hurt, and filling them isn’t exactly a great experience.

However, you can’t just let a cavity sit in your mouth. If you do that, you risk some big-time long-term health effects that you just don’t want in your life.

Tooth decay

If you let a cavity go for too long, it’ll expand quickly and the tooth in which it originated will begin to decay rapidly. A decaying tooth will likely need a root canal if you want to save it. Otherwise, Dr. Ernesto Prida may only be forced to extract it.

Tooth death

What gets really concerning about cavities – and is the real reason our team here at A Plus Smiles in Edinburg, Texas, strongly recommends you get cavities filled as quickly as possible – is that if they’re left untreated, they can completely kill your teeth.

If the cavity gets so big that it breaches your enamel and dentin, the infection can get into the dental pulp (the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth) and if that happens, you’ll likely need an extraction and tooth replacement.

If you’re concerned you may have cavities that need attention, call us today at 956-627-3446 for more information.